Empire of the Dead heading to the small screen
Welcome to New York City years after the plague has hit. But just because the Big Apple has been quarantined doesn’t mean that everyone inside is safe! Flesh-eating zombies roam within the confines of Manhattan…but they’re not the only predator that’s poised and ready to strike! Who or what is this new menace? – Marvel Comics
After years of false starts and rumors, George A Romero’s own brand of corpses is finally heading to the small screen. Demarest (the production company behind Kevin Smith’s Tusk) announced Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, the development of George A. Romero’s 15-part Marvel comic book series, “Empire of the Dead.”
The series will be written by Romero and longtime partner Peter Grunwald, and executive produced by Romero and Grunwald with Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson.
Romero, a man who needs little introduction amongst the horror community, inadvertently unleashed the scourge of zombies upon us with the release of his iconic “…of the Dead” films (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, & Day of the Dead) and directly inspiring the creation of Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” comics/series.
The question itself could be this: When is enough—enough?
Survival of the Dead was quick to jump on the then up and coming found-footage bandwagon, falling short of the charm that some of these FF-style films hold. The acting was shoddy, effects were uninspired and the camera was too pristine. The intended style worked against it and left the viewer feeling like they were watching a movie rather than a horrific slice of life.
Fast forward a couple of years, Romero’s western, Survival of the Dead continued from the beginning of the end, set on an isolated island, pegging two warring families and heavily laced with clunky humor.
Time will tell how the series will play but with the recent slew of horror projects hitting the small screen, I sense a watered down, over saturation of the market that might be capable of alienating the most hardcore of fans.
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